Alumni profile

Though Dell may be best known for its consumer technology products, the company has evolved into a preferred end-to-end solutions provider for enterprises around the world. While many are familiar with the direct procurement process that ensures the right components are available to build its computers, an equally powerful global team led by Jana Kennedy is responsible for acquiring all the goods and services necessary to effectively operate Dell on a daily basis. 

Conan Shearer graduated with a W.—P.—Carey MBA and an MSIM degree, but he also learned to “speak” three languages: business, IT and supply chain management. “I can easily sit with an IT or supply chain specialist and get it, and then translate that to real business terms and language,” says Shearer, who was recruited by Exxon when he graduated in 1997 and has been with the company (now ExxonMobil) ever since in a variety of capacities.

The venture capital industry has honored John Mumford, a founding partner in the Silicon Valley firm of Crosspoint Venture Partners, with its lifetime achievement award. But it was not just his skill in leading the early-stage venture firm to success that earned Mumford this respect; it was also his reputation for maintaining the highest standards of ethics in his dealings. Recently, the W. P. Carey School of Business inducted Mumford (Accountancy, '67) into its Alumni Hall of Fame. That evening Mumford shared a podium with William Huizingh, the now-retired professor who turned Mumford's life around while he was at ASU. Grateful former students, including Mumford, have endowed a teaching award in Huizingh's name. Now Mumford hopes to emulate his mentor by helping young people who are off to a bad start.